Newton Aycliffe Cricket Club returned to training this week for the first time since the Covid-19 outbreak brought all activities to a halt in March.
Following the strict guidelines from the Government, and the England and Wales Cricket Board, Aycliffe were able to open their nets, although training was limited, with only two players allowed to train together at a time and a limited number of people allowed in the ground at any time.
But with the players having enjoyed the opportunity to strap the pads back on and put bat to ball the club will continue to expand the training over the coming weeks.
And with the ECB continually monitoring the situation and providing updated guidance, it is hoped that larger groups may soon be able to train together and hopes remain that there may be some competitive cricket at some time this summer.
Ironically after the hot, sunny weather of the last few weeks the first training session was conducted in the damp overcast conditions that normally signal the start of the cricket season.